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Old 10-06-2016, 12:41 AM
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Default A weekend in Grand Junction, 21RD and Billings, Sept 23-25

I have been wanting to head over to the western slope to play since the last trip I made a few years ago. So I got the little blue shop truck put back together, this time with some new accessories, and invited Alex (rollingblubber) to join me. And he invited a father and son he knew through Facebook, that lived over there to show us around. S we drove out late Friday and settled into a hotel for the night. Going over the passes that night, snow was actually starting to stick on the road.
But the weekend weather was supposed to be dry, so we didn't think anything of it.

Saturday we made our way over to 21 Road while it rained on and off. The weather forecast called for the sun to be out by 10am, so even though it was wetter than any of us were expecting, we decided to keep moving as planned.



We parked and unloaded and got to meet everyone. The ground was really soupy even in the parking area.



The four rigs of our group for the day:









We started making our way up the canyon as it continued to rain off and on. We know the dangers water can cause in this area, so we kept an eye on the water flow coming down. There was a steady small stream but nothing major. If anything it just made everything sloppy and a bit more challenging as even the stickies didn't hold every line.





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Old 10-06-2016, 12:41 AM
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Then while we were all standing out of the vehicles, we heard a loud, low rumbling, and suddenly, our dry feet became wet. The water in the canyon floor quickly rose. We all jumped into our rigs and started for the nearest exit onto the main road. The water quickly swallowed all of our tires (37"+) before we could drive even 100 yards. But we all made it up to higher ground safely. Here are a couple photos of the river the small stream became. The photos really don't do it much justice, but the lowest areas were all deeper than 40" or so. And the swift moving water carried a lot of debris with it.

The small stream:



During the flash flooding:











So we waited for about an hour and a half for the water levels to start receding

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With the waters stating to recede, we continued up the canyon.

My tire slipped off it's line on a small squeeze section and I scraped up the drivers door a little. Must have been trying to cover up my wife's folly with denting the door during the cage process

Right before it happened:



And the aftermath:



It sure is pretty out here:





Everything went fairly smooth for the next few obstacles:







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Old 10-06-2016, 12:42 AM
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:43 AM
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My uncle who joined me and took most of these photos, started ragging on me that I would have to match "his" side of the vehicle now... So I tired a stupid line... Everything was going great... Then I slipped off the line...











Same door and window as last trip out here, in almost the same spot too. Guess I never learn... Though if my tires would have held the original line, it would have been sick...

Made sure to pick up my mess

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Old 10-06-2016, 12:43 AM
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Will post up more later. I need to get some sleep.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:18 AM
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Wow. Holy cow that is real deal stuff there, awesome pictures! sad to see the window pop out..


adding 21 road to the list of trails to not take my 40 on
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Nice!! Bummer about the window and doors. Looks like a fun time though.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:08 AM
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Wow - great pictures. Those are pretty serious machines!!

Looks like a fun time - glad everyone made it out of the flood zone safely.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:52 AM
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21 Road was pretty easy when it was dry. Wet would be a great challenge!
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